Homer Hates to Wait – Wyoming, Iowa (1911)

Miss Edna Bender lived in Wyoming, a small city in east-central Iowa, not far from Cedar Rapids.

Sometime around 1911 (the postmark is badly-applied), Edna received a postcard greeting from her brother, Homer.

Homer records that he is in Erie, a village in northwest Illinois, not far from the Mississippi River.

The postmark, however, is for Joslin – an unincorporated community about 11 miles from Erie.

The face of the postcard features the photograph of a woman (dressed to go out, and wearing a hat) holding a telephone.

The caption suggests her impatience, “Gee I hate to wait”.

On the reverse, Homer asks, “How is everything in Wyoming?”.

Homer asks about his friend, Lewie, and closes the message as “Your loving brother”.

One hopes that Miss Bender appreciated the comic postcard and that she and Homer remained loving correspondents for many years.


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